Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Love Story

Here I sit staring at a blank computer screen, sporting fuzzy pajamas, sipping a glass of iced tea, and smiling at the bedroom door, shutting me off from the chaos on the other side.

It didn't take long to figure out today's topic, y'all.

In this week's blogging challenge, today's idea was very open. The simple prompt was "I'm thankful for..." On the first day, I covered my babies and my motherhood, which rank pretty high. Today, I'm going to talk about the guy I met at the youth convention many moons ago who made it all possible.

You know, the guy who is herding children as I leisurely type.

Ahhh, love.

I met Jonathan when we were both in high school, it was very passing and we were more acquaintances than we were friends. That all changed in college. We didn't date at first, but I loved him. Maybe not in the way both he and God wanted me too, but he was a very important piece of my life. We told each other secrets, we talked all night long, we took care of each other. He was my best friend.

Fast forward to a year or so later, he popped the girlfriend question in July and the wife question in October, we said our vows in June, and announced Bauer Baby #1 in November.

Oh yeah, kids, we work fast around here.

Jonathan is a great husband, but the boys might argue he's an even better daddy. The last person on his list is himself. He does so much to take care of us all, making sure we're happy, healthy, and always laughing.

Even if it means letting me sit at my desk while the boys ruin the house he cleaned today on his day off. When I walk in to check on my three favorites, I can guarantee he will be involved in the pick up. You've got to give credit where credit is due, and this man wracks it up.

Although I still look at Jonathan as the guy who drove me home after hanging out with friends (just to make sure I was safe, not because he was madly in love with me or anything), I can tell he's changed. He has evolved into this awesome grown-up version of himself. He's still goofy, and I'm still his number one, but he's better.

He is an incredible father. I am thankful that he not only gave me the chance to become a mama, but that he is my equal when it comes to parenting. (heck, right now, he's winning).

I am so blessed he chose me. And I thank my lucky stars that I chose him.

And because I do enjoy a list, here are ten quick reasons (in no particular order) that I'm thankful I caught my husband's eye many years ago:
  1. He has a humongous heart.
  2. He is an excellent cook.
  3. He loves his friends and genuinely cares about others.
  4. I don't know how to mow the lawn.
  5. He takes me to see Twilight movies.
  6. He likes to be outside and appreciates nature.
  7. He came packaged with a fantastic family.
  8. He stays up at night with me, just to talk about nothing.
  9. He loves God.
  10. He is still, first and foremost, my best friend.
What are you thankful for? Click the icon to read more of today's topic from other bloggers in the Thanksblogging Challenge.


Grace Grits and Gardening said...

very sweet:)

Unknown said...

You should frame this and give it to him for Christmas. It's a beautiful tribute.

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Unknown said...

I so love the watching of our husbands growing older and wiser. It is a beautiful thing to be a part of.

Desperately Seeking Gina said...

I love your list! Isn't finding the love-of-your-life just the most beautiful thing. I agree you should totally share this list with your husband :)

Jessica Bauer said...

Aww, thanks girls! And he read it before it published. :) needless to say, he was very proud!

Kate Pantier @ Mommy Monologues said...

Sounds like you're one lucky girl!

What an awesome list!

Unknown said...

Such a very sweet list!